Library break-ins "solved" by Internet filters

I’d decided not to blog about this unique library filtering saga until the story was resolved. Well, it was resolved last week exactly as I predicted. Here’s the salient points:

  • Library board doesn’t install filters. It’s been this way for years with no significant complaints.
  • Library experiences a series of break-ins.
  • Turns out teen boys were breaking into the library to look at porn on the library computers.
  • City shuts off library’s Internet access.
  • Board meets. Agrees to “solve” problem by installing filters on the computers.
  • Library gets Internet access back.

There’s no two ways about this one folks, the library board caved into the pressure. Ultimately I believe the actual problem, teens committing a crime by breaking into the library, wasn’t actually addressed. No article I read about this story mentioned that maybe the building’s security needed to be improved. Really, the old library non-filtering policy wasn’t the issue since the boys obviously felt the need to break in after hours to view porn. I’m sure that if they felt that they could get away with looking at porn during normal library hours, they would have done so instead of taking the risks involved in the crime they ended up committing.

I’ve learned something new as a result of this story. It turns out that break-ins can be stopped by porn filters. Go figure.

June 25th, 2007 by